She is adept in household chores, and knows the nuances of the activities that were practiced by her late aunt and grandmother. The speaker in this story is the mother of two girls: Maggie and Dee. Education was not something Mama had access to; the school closed in second grade and no one ever asked why. America had undergone noticeable changes during the 1960s and '70s, with slavery being abolished, and the period of Reconstruction dawned over American society. Possibly because of her burn marks and scars. Dee, on the other hand, is described as an educated young woman who is ready to take on any and every adventure. She has a perspective of life which is totally unfamiliar with the one borne by her mother.
And she's convinced of her superiority over her mother and sister. The way Alice presented Dee to us is a person who always knew that she never wanted the life her mother lived, and said that when she visited she would never take her friends there. As if that was the only thing you could do with quilts. There are the requisite tears and sighs from the audience. Having a mother just like Mama makes me understand Mama's thoughts more, and also appreciate the things my mother has done. This leads you to believe that perhaps Maggie is intimidated by Dee and perhaps feels inferior to Dee. Dee greets her family with a Swahili good morning.
Dee makes sure she gets a picture of Mama, the old house, and Maggie cowering in the corner. The speaker in the story is the mom of two very different girls, Maggie and Dee. The other trend is embracing culture and being proud of it- using heritage items in daily life in a way that ensures its liveliness. I wish I could've seen more character epiphanies, as there were three main characters, but only one seems to have any type of relevation. And I am so glad that Dee didn't get her way in the end. Nervous girls who never laughed. Walker mainly reflected the plight and agony suffered by African-American women through her writing skills.
Dee arrives accompanied by an Arab man. Dee, outgoing and well dressed daughter with a nicer figure than Maggie. Don't let the new world keep you from that. Mama was so moved by what Maggie had done that she snatched the quilts from Dee and gave them to Maggie. Dee gets into her food like a tourist who has just discovered her new favorite ethnic meal.
Walker described a story about a single African American mother who is waiting for her daughter to arrive from college. Mama breaks out of her reverie to explain the realities of her life. After second grade the school was closed down. Johnson is anticipating for the arrival of her older daughter, Dee, and knows that the encounter would not be that emotional because the mother and daughter have never shared such a profound relationship with each other. Although, there is another force at work in this powerful, and emotional, book. In this case, Dee is confused. In this story we see how the author wanted to connect race, culture, and class and does a real good job at it.
Dee mother tried to start a conversation with Dee by calling her name. She wants them now because she thinks they represent the historical significance of an oppressed people. This story highlighted this feeling suffered by a mother of two very different daughters. The crisis, which occurs later in the story, happens when Dee all of a sudden comes home a different person than she was when she left. When she comes I will meetbut there they are! It is this statement that prompts her mother to take the quilts away from Dee and hand them to Maggie because Maggie understands their history and value so much more deeply than Dee does.
This meeting takes place when the oldest daughter Dee comes home to visit her mother…. To Dee, the old house defined them as poor black farmers, the descendants of sharecroppers. The story is told by the mother in the story. This goes to show that an education can change the aspects of a person and their way of seeing others. Education has enabled to Dee to gain social and spiritual transformation. However, in a real sense, it is Dee who is confused about her family heritage. During the Climax, Mama realizes that she has often neglected her other child, Maggie, by always giving Dee what she wants.
She is the one who can say who made what, which only shows that you don't have to be so educated or modern to know about your family. How they struggle to send at least one of their children for higher education and makes them better. She learned valuable traditions and their history from her family members. But as Dee becomes more and more selfish and difficult, the narrator starts to withdraw her generosity in accepting the new name. This short story focuses on family and how education can change people. Maggie is interested in keeping the family traditions alive, unlike Dee.
Dee could probably be considered a main character in the story, but her change was too simple, because she changed on the outside only, and because she didn? This is something that will never be accomplished for Mama since Dee has shown to change in a way where she is ashamed of her roots. Though Dee thinks she can identify with her tradition or heritage, she is not really a part of it. This story emphasizes a mother and daughters' bond. She has no illusions about either of her daughters. Mama and Maggie are quite taken aback by the change of looks by Dee, and her equally strange counterpart Hakim. Yet, the difference is an African American identity and the fact there are two daughters instead of one.